Ministry of Education rejects special leave recommendation for Ruel Reid | New
The Jamaica College board said its recommendation to extend Principal Ruel Reid’s special leave had not been approved by the Education Department.
Reid’s current leave expires tomorrow.
The board says negotiations are continuing.
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The council had recommended a five-year extension.
Its expiration would coincide with Reid’s retirement in 2026.
Reid, who is in court on corruption charges, has already exhausted two years of special leave with full pay and emoluments amounting to more than $ 11 million from November 21, 2019 until today.
Prior to the two-year special leave with full pay and benefits, Reid had used up his earned vacation leave for the period March 25, 2019 to November 2019.
However, during the same period, the department had also paid acting director Wayne Robinson just over $ 11 million.
Robinson has been acting principal since 2016, when Reid was seconded from his post of educator to serve as Minister of Education.
He resigned in March 2019 amid an emerging scandal at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
1. Over the past few days, the Jamaica College Board of Trustees has been working to make arrangements for the active role of the Director of Jamaica College, in view of the fact that Mr. Ruel Reid’s current special leave expires on Saturday 20 November 2021.
2. Discussions are at an advanced stage and, as might be expected, are confidential in nature. The Council fully expects that they will be concluded successfully shortly, at which point a further update will be given.
3. To clarify several misconceptions and misunderstandings in the public domain, please further note that: –
a. The board’s priority is to maintain the current stability and status quo at the school and therefore the board has once again recommended that Mr. Reid’s special leave be extended to facilitate the continued good governance of the school. . However, this required approval from the Ministry of Education, and that approval was not granted.
b. Since 2016, when he stepped down as principal of Jamaica College, the school has not paid any salaries or other fees to Mr. Reid.
vs. JC is aware that criminal charges have been laid against Mr. Reid but has no evidence to support a disciplinary hearing that could lead to his termination. This despite assiduous attempts to obtain such evidence.
D. There is no “upheaval” or “protest” at Jamaica College and there have been no resignations from the board of trustees in connection with this matter. We can confirm that two executive members of the Jamaica College Old Boys Association, who are also leaders of the PTA, have resigned from both bodies. There were no “mass” resignations as noted.
4. The great venerable institution known as Jamaica College continues its journey of excellence with several notable achievements over the past five years under the
outstanding leadership from current acting principal Wayne Robinson. A few of them are listed below: –
a. Students passing five or more subjects, including math and English, rose from 58% to 85% in CBSC over the period;
b. CXC performance has improved significantly. This includes a 77% increase in the number of subjects in which over 90% of seated boys have passed, from 9 of 24 subjects to 16 of 24 subjects today.
vs. In 2019, 12 boys achieved the top ten regional and national placements in CXC
Teaching methods and programs
D. Enhancement of value-added programs by adding investigative journalism, food and nutrition to CAPE, environmental sciences to CAPE, construction project management; continuing aviation courses
e. We have changed the way of teaching from a grammar-based pedagogy to a STEAM-infused project-based modality that involves the integration of disciplines, inquiry, application critical thinking and problem solving.
F. The STEAM project involved an investment in digital and communication tool kits, equipment and furniture totaling over $ 75 million J.
g. Strengthening the professional development of staff and improving the staff incentive program. We also organized and hosted an international professional development seminar for staff.
New and improved infrastructure
h. Development of a J $ 22 million robotics laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment, (Hendrickson family)
I. Construction of a new multi-use Ashenheim stadium of US $ 1 million (Ashenheim family)
j. Six Form Refurbished (Abrahams Family)
k. Renovation of the Gore building (Gore family)
Sports and extracurricular performances
the. Currently defending Boys Champs and Manning Cup champions, and has won Manning Cup 3 of the last four competitions
mr. Won three World Robotics Championships awards and now have 17 in all. Much more than any other school in the Caribbean. Also organized and won the first international local robotics competition in Jamaica.
nm Won the Jamaica Stock Exchange high school competition for the past four years, including the top six this year.
o. Currently National Under-17 Basketball Champions and Under-14 Winners the previous year
p. For the second year in a row, several winners of the JCDC National Percussion Competition.
q. won the urban high school chess title twice
r. JADE seminar and national debate tournament on Sunday, October 17, 2021
And much more
This is our goal, which is why we are not distracted by the noise, and we call on all stakeholders in Jamaica and JC to join us as we continue to advance in excellence, for the well-being of our boys and the community at large.